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International Student Orientation is hosted jointly by the International House and International Student and Scholar Services to help you transition to the University of Tennessee and Knoxville community. There are required and optional programs for International Student Orientation but we suggest attending as many events as possible.

Required Orientation Events

All international students are required to attend an International Student Check-In Session. Please sign up for an ISSS orientation session.

All new incoming international students are required to attend the International Student Conference hosted by the International House. The Spring 2022 conference is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19 at 12pm in the Student Union, room 362.

In additional to this required event the International House plans a variety of events, trips, presentations, and airport pickups designed to help new international students settle into their new home in Knoxville, TN. Students are encouraged to participate in these educational and cultural programs that take place over a period of days, prior to the beginning of classes. Events include tours of the campus and library, shopping/grocery trips, and information sessions.

Undergraduate international students are also required to attend the New Vols Experience orientation planned by New Student Orientation Office. Find more information and register for a New Vols session.

Spring 2022 I-House Orientation Events


Campus & TRECS Tour

Various Dates and Times; Meet at I-House

Join current UT students on a tour of the campus and the TRECS center to learn everything you need to know about how to get around.

Marshmallow Mingle: Hot Chocolate Social

Tuesday, January 11, 2:00 pm – 4:00pm; I-House

Come warm up at the I-House with a cup of hot chocolate and meet other UT students!

Pizza Party & Game Night

Thursday, January 13, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm; I-House

Whether you’re an expert board game player or just interested in a quick game of Uno, the I-House has you covered! Hang out, play some games, and grab a free slice of pizza.


UT vs the University of Kentucky: Women’s Basketball Game

Sunday, January 16, 2:00pm; Meet at I-House

Sports are a big part of UT culture. Sign up for this activity and join a group of other students to experience a UT college sports game together. You can sign up for this trip here.

West Town Mall Trip

Tuesday, January 18, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Meet at I-House

Join the I-House on a trip to the mall. At the mall you can shop for clothes, purchase electronics, buy a mobile phone, or eat dinner. You can sign up for this trip here.

International Student Conference (REQUIRED)

Wednesday, January 19, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Student Union 362

We will start off the session with free lunch! Lunch is followed by brief presentations from various campus services. The International Student Conference is designed to help you get all of your questions answered before classes start and help you connect with departments and organizations on campus.

Pop Quiz: International Trivia Night

Thursday, January 20, 6:00-8:00pm

Create your own multi-national team to compete in a fun night of trivia! Free food provided. Prizes for the winning team!

Putting Down Roots: Plants and Painting

Friday, January 21, 2:00-4:00pm; I-House

Join the I-House for the afternoon and claim your free plant! Paint your new plant’s pot with us and have a relaxing end to your International Student Orientation. Plants available while supplies last.